Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

This certificate is designed for students who have a B.A. but, for whatever reason, do not have enough Latin and/or Greek to continue on in graduate school, seminary, or other programs.

Admission is through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students in the Post-Baccalaureate program will take 3 courses a semester from the graduate or undergraduate classes offered at The University of Iowa. Required courses will vary according to the student's educational background. Post-Baccalaureate students will have their own advisor who will supervise the one non-credit course specifically for the Post-Baccalaureate.

The Post-Baccalaureate is intended as a one-year program during which students will strengthen their skills in the classical languages in a way that is appropriate for the student's goals, and will receive guidance in preparing a writing sample for submission to graduate school. Students may continue beyond one year if this is deemed appropriate by the faculty.


Tuition and fees for the Post-Baccalaureate program will be the same as undergraduate resident or non-resident tuition. No aid can be offered, but students may apply for work-study and for financial aid and loans through the University.


Admission deadline: February 15th (for preference)

Application is online at Select "Future Students" --> Transfer Students --> Transfer Application Process --> Apply Online. You will be asked to create an account. Then choose "Undergraduate Application" (new freshmen and transfers). Be sure to choose the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and indicate Classics (043) as your major field of study.

Requirements for Admission

  • a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.80, with at least a 3.00 in classical languages

Items to send to Admissions

  • Complete the online application. When requested to enter a major field of study code, use 043 for Classics.
  • Official transcripts of all prior academic records
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if you are from a country where English is not the first language
  • Application fee

Send to:
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242

Items to send to the Department

  • A copy of transcripts of all prior post-secondary academic records. The undergraduate transcript should include Latin and Greek language courses. High school transcripts are not necessary.
  • A photocopy of official GRE results
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if you are from a country where English is not the first language
  • Three original letters of reference sent directly from persons familiar with your academic performance, written on the referee's letterhead, along with our cover sheet.
  • A one-page statement of your purposes, goals, and special interests relevant to your application to Classics (i.e., why you are applying and what you hope to achieve in your post-baccalaureate program)
  • A 5-10 page sample of your best critical written work (e.g., term paper, seminar paper, published article)
  • A list of Greek and Latin works (if any) read in the original languages
  • The post-baccalaureate submission form, which lets us know that you have applied

Send to:
Post-Baccalaureate Admissions
Classics Department
The University of Iowa
210 Jefferson Building
Iowa City, IA 55242

For preference, application for admission should be submitted prior to February 15 for fall semester enrollment. Applications received after this date will still be considered. Applicants should take the GRE as soon as possible, as scores may not be received until a month or more after the examination is taken.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or e-mail the post-baccalaureate student advisor at